As 2012 draws to a close with a fresh new year just around the corner, Birmingham Pride and Slinky Productions are pleased to present the online launch of their hard-hitting (yet ultimately positive) short film ‘It Gets Better’ ; featuring interviews and personal stories from Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, Kerry Katona, X Factor star Jonny Robinson, and music by The L Project.
The 5 minute film aims to show young Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-gender (LGBT) people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their challenging teen years. The film follows on from Birmingham Pride’s theme for their successful 2012 Pride of the same name, and it is their contribution to the ‘It Gets Better’ global movement (see below) that wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone – and it WILL get better.
It Gets Better first premièred at the Shout Film Festival in Birmingham in November, and is now available to watch online. Birmingham Pride would now like to encourage the international LGBT community and other organisations to share and spread the film in order to reach the young people it so strongly speaks out to….. especially those who haven’t yet ‘come out’ as gay, and who may be suffering in silence.
The Film as an Educational Tool in Schools
Birmingham Pride and Slinky Productions (the Producers of the film) are also extremely pleased to announce that It Gets Better will also be shown in schools across the UK, with LGBT awareness charities and city councils in an aid to educate young people on the issues and (sometimes tragic) consequences of LGBT related bullying. So far, they are pleased to be in partnership discussions with Birmingham City Council and Diversity Role Models about taking the film on-board to be used alongside their valuable educational work – and with many more partnerships planned for the future. If you or your organisation would like to use the film in your educational activities, please contact Slinky Productions.
It Gets Better – as an overall project – is now a global movement with support from organizations such as Apple, Disney and Google, who have all created online films featuring their LGBT employees. For more information visit the It Gets Better website.